Protecting the jocotoco antpitta’s home
Situated on the eastern slope of the Andes, the Tapichalaca Reserve covers around 3,300ha today, with terrain ranging from various types of forest to the high paramo at 3,400m. It supports thousands of species, among them over 130 endemic plants and 12 globally threatened species of frog, including the Tapichalaca tree frog that occurs nowhere else. One of the more striking mammalian residents is the Endangered Andean tapir, which is easily identified by its white lips – as though it has just been caught with its snout in a bowl of sugar.
The Tapichalaca tree frog ( above) is unknown elsewhere; ( below) Andean tapir.